ERIC Number: EJ879804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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The Invented Spellings of Non-Spanish Phonemes by Spanish-English Bilingual and English Monolingual Kindergarteners
Raynolds, Laura B.; Uhry, Joanna K.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v23 n5 p495-513 May 2010
This study compared the English spelling of native Spanish-speaking children receiving English-only instruction with monolingual native English speaking children at the end of kindergarten. In invented spelling, young bilingual children can show us how they perceive the unique sounds of English by the way they map English letters onto non-Spanish sounds. The spelling of non-Spanish phonemes and English and Spanish stop consonants differing in voice onset time were examined. The relationship of plausible English spelling with English vocabulary knowledge was also investigated. The bilingual kindergarteners had significantly fewer correct spellings of ending stop consonants, which differ phonetically in English and Spanish, than did the monolingual group. No significant difference between the two groups at the end of kindergarten was found when spelling non-Spanish phonemes however. The lexical restructuring model was applied to explain a positive correlation between vocabulary and plausible English spellings.
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Invented Spelling, Phonemes, Phonology, Vocabulary, Monolingualism, Correlation, Kindergarten, Vocabulary Development, Spanish Speaking, Bilingualism, Spelling, English Only Movement, Models, Native Speakers, English
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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